October 3, 2013
Producer-director Marta Cunningham's documentary, "Valentine Road," is a moving and infuriating look at the 2008 murder of openly gay teenager Lawrence "Larry" King by straight classmate Brandon McInerney in Oxnard. The film, which also airs Monday on HBO, should be required viewing for teens, educators and anyone concerned with the potentially devastating effects of intolerance. (The phobic, mortified McInerney shot King the day after King openly flirted with him). Cunningham masterfully weaves a kind of cinematic memorial quilt to King, who, just prior to his death, was living in a group home/treatment center away from his adoptive parents.
September 17, 2013 |
The demise of quality high school boys' soccer in California is underway, thanks to the U.S. Soccer Federation's insistence on forcing top high school players to choose between its academy program and high school competition. As Sasha van der Most, the youth academy director for Chivas USA, puts it, "The players make the choices. We train four days a week, nine, 10 months a year, play top competition and don't charge the players anything. If you're in the soccer world, you know the best players don't want to play high school anymore.
September 14, 2013 |
Pivot, which styles itself as a network for millennials, has two more original shows going up Saturday, to join the sweetly melancholy Australian coming-of-age, coming-out comedy "Please Like Me. " (The network is available locally on satellite and phone-based television systems, but not yet on cable.) Presumably, the idea is if you are over 30, you can just keep watching CBS. Meghan McCain, daughter of senator John and two years shy of 30 herself, is the host of "Raising McCain," a sort of roving stunt-documentary-cum-talk-show that proposes to "dig deep into the issues that matter most to our generation.
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August 28, 2013 |
Glendale school officials have hired a company to monitor and analyze students' public social media posts, saying it will help them step in when students are in danger of harming themselves or others. After collecting information from students' posts on such sites as Facebook, Instagram , YouTube and Twitter, the Hermosa Beach company, Geo Listening, will provide Glendale school officials with a daily report, the Glendale News-Press reported this week. The report will categorize posts by their frequency and how they relate to cyber-bullying, harm, hate, despair, substance abuse , vandalism and truancy, according to the newspaper.
August 19, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- With 238 million members, LinkedIn has already established itself as the go-to place for professionals of all ages to find jobs and get career tips and advice. Now the company is looking to get that kind of endorsement from teens. On Monday, LinkedIn is rolling out University Pages to target college-bound high school students. The pages will connect students with schools and alumni, the company said. To begin with, there will be 200 schools, including UC San Diego, but LinkedIn says thousands more schools will soon join up. This is the first time LinkedIn is opening membership to younger teenagers.
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August 3, 2013 |
A Northern California school district's attempt at stopping cyber-bullying is generating controversy. The Lodi Unified School District is requiring high school students who participate in after-school programs such as sports or clubs to sign a social media contract. The document says the school district can monitor students posts on social media and kick them off school teams and clubs if officials find the posts inappropriate, according to Fox 40. According to the contract, if students post, tweet, or even “like” something on social media that is deemed inappropriate, they could be punished.